Used test: Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Buyers looking for a smart and upmarket coupe could do a lot worse than these two, but which one makes more sense when bought used?...

Used test: Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Our Verdict

There’ll be many for whom the lure of the three-pointed star will be more than enough to justify buying an E-Class Coupe. Allied to its undeniably handsome looks, it’s certainly got a lot of showroom appeal. It’s an accomplished car on the road, too, and when you take into consideration its surprisingly low running costs it makes a really strong case for itself.

However, that’s not quite enough to secure it a victory here, even though this is a very closely fought battle. You see the Audi is just a little bit better in a number of key areas. With its smooth V6 engine, which provides a real surge of usable power combined with impressive and addictive refinement, as well as confidence-inspiring all-weather handling and an exquisitely finished interior, the A5 proves to be everything you’d want from a posh coupé. The fact that you can have such strong performance and also that reasonably good fuel economy at the same time is simply a bonus.

Read our review of the all-new Audi A5 Coupe

1st – Audi A5 Coupe

Used Audi A5 Coupe 16-present

For Superb all-weather usability; smoother engine; slicker infotainment

Against Firmer ride; less space in the back; restrained interior design

Verdict Conservative, but a fine all-rounder

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Audi A5 Coupe review 

2nd – Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 16-present

For More rear leg room; snazzy interior

Against Noisier engine; stodgy handling; inconsistent steering

Verdict  An accomplished package, but not as complete as the A5

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe  review

Specifications: Audi A5 Coupe

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price when new £39,885

Price today £22,000

Power 215bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 6.2sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 61.4mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 119g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £40,135

Price today £22,000

Power 191bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 7.3sec

Top speed 150mph

Fuel economy 61.4mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 119g/km

Price today is based on a 2017 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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